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  • Wednesday, March 31st 2021 - 16:04 UTC

    Argentina says Uruguay is authorised to dredge Montevideo port to 13 metres only

    The difference of a metre between the amount authorised by Argentina and the amount that Uruguay plans to undertake is explained by a “confusion”

    In 2020, the Uruguayan government agreed on a framework agreement for the dredging and widening of the access channel to the port of Montevideo, which provoked criticism from neighbouring Argentina. Now the Argentine government has informed Uruguay that it has authorized the dredging of the access channel to the port of Montevideo to only 13 meters, and not 14, as announced by the current and previous Uruguayan governments.

  • Tuesday, March 30th 2021 - 09:56 UTC

    Lacalle gets vaccinated – insists on need for flexibility on the part of Mercosur

    “Let Mercosur become more flexible,” Lacalle insisted. (Pic @LuisLacallePou Twitter)

    Uruguay's President Luis Lacalle Pou Monday stood by the words he said during Friday's virtual Mercosur Summit which led to a rife with his Argentina counterpart Alberto Fernández.

  • Monday, March 29th 2021 - 10:18 UTC

    Uruguay: Health system on the verge of saturation due to Covid-19

    This point was expected to be reached on April 4, but the sharp increase in cases accelerated the process. (Photo: Alessandro Maradei)

    In Uruguay, 35.6% of operational intensive care beds (ICBs) are occupied by Covid-19 patients, reported the Uruguayan Society of Intensive Care Medicine (SUMI). Medical specialists warn that this is a limit that could lead to problems in the functioning of the ICBs.

  • Sunday, March 28th 2021 - 08:53 UTC

    Mercosur has no raison d’être if members go rogue according Argentine Foreign Ministry top official

    Lacalle's words were inappropriate while Mercosur was celebrating its 30th anniversary, said Chaves

    In the aftermath of Friday's presidential clash between Alberto Fernández and Uruguay's Luis Lacalle Pou over the Mercosur's alleged lack of “flexibility,” Argentine Foreign Ministry's Cabinet Chief Guillermo Chaves said Saturday in a radio interview that the bloc's fundamental identity was to negotiate jointly on behalf of all members, but if each partner was allowed to hold deals individually, the association would lose its raison d'être.

  • Saturday, March 27th 2021 - 10:23 UTC

    Presidents of Uruguay, Argentina clash during Mercosur online summit

     “We're nobody's burden,” Fernández told Lacalle during the 30th Anniversary Summiy

    Argentine President Alberto Fernández told his Uruguayan counterpart Luis Lacalle Pou his country did not want to be “a burden on anyone” when the latter called for signs of “flexibilization” on the part of Mercosur to allow member states to seek unilateral foreign trade agreements elsewhere without the bloc's approval.

  • Friday, March 26th 2021 - 06:00 UTC

    Uruguayan sportscaster Alberto Sonsol dies of Covid aged 63

    Sonsol had been admitted into a hospital following feverish symptoms.

    Charismatic Uruguayan sportscaster Alberto Sonsol passed away Thursday at the age of 63 after a battle with the covid-19 disease that lasted for about three weeks. His son Alejandro posted on social media “Dad doesn't suffer anymore.”

  • Thursday, March 25th 2021 - 10:34 UTC

    Uruguayan Air Force helicopter carrying Pfizer vaccines crashes: total losses

    The Pfizer doses that were being transported to Rocha in a helicopter – similar to the one in the photo – were lost, as a result of a fire

    An Uruguay’s Air Force helicopter carrying two boxes of Pfizer vaccines against Covid-19 crashed on Thursday morning in the Eastern state of Rocha and the 3-member crew was taken to a local hospital with non-serious injuries. The accident occurred due to a “mechanical failure,” the Ministry of Defense reported and resulted in a fire that provoked total losses of the aircraft and the shipment it was transporting.

  • Wednesday, March 24th 2021 - 09:55 UTC

    Uruguay shuts schools and announces measures to prevent health system collapse

    “We are not in favor of total lockdown,” said Lacalle.

    The government of Uruguay has ordered all schools and public offices to remain closed at least until the end of Tourism (Easter) Week, President Luis Lacalle Pou announced Tuesday evening during a press conference after a long Cabinet Meeting with Ministers.

  • Tuesday, March 23rd 2021 - 10:42 UTC

    Uruguayan government to debate measures amid record Covid-19 cases and political pressures

    President Luis Lacalle Pou called this Tuesday to an extraordinary meeting of the Council of Ministers to evaluate new measures to stop the exponential growth of coronavirus cases

    The Uruguayan government will discuss this Tuesday a radical reduction of mobility in the midst of a new wave of Covid-19 cases. This Monday, the highest number of new cases was detected, with almost 2,700 confirmed cases and a positivity rate of 18%, and the community spread of the Brazillian P-1 variant of the virus was confirmed.

  • Monday, March 22nd 2021 - 13:44 UTC

    Covid-19: Health situation in Uruguay worsens amid successful vaccination campaign

    The National Academy of Medicine warned that Uruguay “is heading towards an epidemiological situation without control” (Photo: Sebastián Astorga)

    Although a few weeks ago we talked about Uruguay as a milestone in the fight against the Covid-19 pandemic, with very few daily cases and a lower mortality rate than any other country in the region, the country of 3.5 million inhabitants surpassed this Sunday the 13 thousand active cases after several record days of daily positives. Scientific and medical societies are demanding measures to stop the spread of the virus despite the fact that 1 out of 10 Uruguayans have already received the first dose of the vaccine – Pfizer or Coronavac – against the disease.